Alcolizer Pty Ltd, a local Stirling business, has received funding from the Morrison Government to take its innovative development of a rapid COVID-19 test to the next level.
Alcolizer is one of six companies to share in more than $3.7 million from the Government’s $30 million Commercialisation Fund.
The Balcatta-based business will use its $742,363 grant to design and manufacture a mass market, saliva-based antigen test to detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients in just 10 minutes.
Federal Member for Stirling, Vince Connelly MP, said this will be achieved by combining Australian patented technologies developed by the University of Technology Sydney and hardware technologies developed by Alcolizer, in the form of a new medical device called the Virulizer.
“This is a great success story for Australia. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alcolizer had the foresight to adjust its business model, enabling it to focus on developing a rapid COVID-antigen test alongside its usual drug and alcohol-testing kits.
“I have been a strong advocate for the development of this breakthrough technology. Thanks to the Morrison Government’s support, Alcolizer will now be able to ramp up production right here in Stirling as it works towards commercialisation and ultimately, saving lives and livelihoods.”
Alcolizer General Manager Roger Hunt said the health, economic and social benefits of Virulizer are clear.
“This will be a quantum step in the community’s ability to identify COVID-19 on the front line. Once commercialised, this test will fight the disease, generate significant employment, and greatly enhance export opportunities.
“A test like this is vital for reopening our international borders and recovering the economy. It could be used in airports, hospitals, nursing homes and workplaces.”
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Christian Porter, said projects like this show the power of what can happen when you combine industry and researchers to solve key challenges facing Australia and the world.
“The Government is determined to help businesses commercialise their great ideas and this funding is helping bring together manufacturers and researchers to seize those new opportunities.
“By making our manufacturers more competitive and able to scale-up to take on new markets the Government is ensuring we can create the jobs we need not only as we recover from the pandemic, but for generations to come.”
For more information on the Commercialisation Fund go to amgc.org.au/projects/